Jesus Our Redeemer: A Christian Approach to Salvation

Jesus Our Redeemer: A Christian Approach to Salvation


By (author) S. J. Gerald O'Collins

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 294 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 5 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019920313X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199203130
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 146,893

Product description

Jesus Our Redeemer examines what it means when Christians call Jesus their 'Redeemer' or 'Saviour'. It tackles such questions as: How can redemptive events in the past (Christ's life, death, and resurrection) bring about saving effects in the present? Why do human beings need redemption, both individually and collectively? What images of God are implied by the saving action of God and by human needs? Gerald O'Collins SJ draws on the scriptures, Christian hymns and texts for worship, literature, the visual arts, and other sources. He examines four major models of how redemption through Christ has been thought to work: theories of deliverance, penal substitution, sacrifice, and transforming love. He concludes by considering the outworking of salvation in the life of the Church, the situation of non-Christians, and the final consummation of human life and the created world at the end of time.

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Author information

Gerald O'Collins is Professor of Theology at the Gregorian University (Rome).

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a work full of good theology, engaged with the rich tradition of Chrisitan thought about a central set of convictions and taking seriously contemporary difficultits. It is the work of an experienced teacher, a man of strong convictions, clearly articulated and storngly defended. Its discussion is superbly and evocatively illuminated by reference to literature, music and ar. O'Collins is a gifted and lucid writer. This book has enormous amount to commend it. Chrisitaan Mostert, Pacifica O'Collins considers the biblical, theological and historical evidence for the various perspectives on the atonement but also looks at the way various themes have been depicted in Christian art and iconography, which is fascinating...this is a challengingand stimulating volume. A. T. B. McGowan The Expository Times This book tells the story of salvation not with arid words but in images and verse that will delight the reader and nourish the soul. Paul Crosbie, The Furrow truly illuminating Peter Cornwell, TLS meticulous ... masterly ... This book tells the story of salvation not with arid words but in images and verse that will delight the reader and nourish the soul Paul Crosbie, The Furrow [OCollins] continues to improve with age like a fine Shiraz in his native Australiaone of his richest offerings Robert Imbelli, America a masterful mix of deep scholarship and clear explanation of the theological issues at stakea significant and creative contribution to contemporary soteriology F. LeRon Shults, Journal of Reformed Theology

Table of contents

1. Terms and Images ; 2. The Creative Word and Last Adam ; 3. The Human Condition ; 4. Original Sin and Children ; 5. The Whole Story of Redemption ; 6. Redemption as Deliverance from Evil ; 7. Penal Substitution Theories ; 8. Redemption as Cleansing Through Christ's Sacrifice ; 9. Redemption as Transforming Love ; 10. The Holy Spirit, the Risen Christ, and the Church ; 11. The Salvation of Non-Christians ; 12. Bodily Resurrection and the Transformation of the World ; Epilogue